Synthetic rubber cartel (Eni and Versalis) (AT.40032)

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Synthetic rubber cartel (Eni and Versalis) (AT.40032)

CASE HUB (appeals lodged at the General Court in Cases T- 241/12 (Versalis) and T- 240/12 (Eni))

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Case facts

OutlineEuropean Commission (Article 101 TFEU) investigation into re-imposition of fines in the synthetic rubber cartel (Case AT.40032).
PartiesEni SpA (Eni) and its affiliate Versalis SpA (Versalis—formerly Polimeri Europa SpA).

Eni is the ultimate parent company of the Eni Group. Eni’s business in the relevant products was initially carried out by EniChem Elastomeri Srl (Elastomeri), indirectly controlled by Eni through its subsidiary EniChem SpA (EniChem). On 1 November 1997, Elastomeri was merged into EniChem. Eni controlled 99.97% of EniChem. On 1 January 2002, EniChem transferred its strategic chemical business (including its BR and ESBR business) to its wholly‑owned subsidiary Polimeri Europa SpA (Polimeri, now Versalis). Eni has had direct and full control of Versalis since 21 October 2002. With effect from 1 May 2003, EniChem changed its name to Syndial SpA (Syndial).

Market(s)The EEA-wide supply of synthetic rubber used in tyre production.

This kind of synthetic rubber is extensively used for the production of tyres as well as for the production of other consumer

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